The cricketing world has been eagerly following the journey of Kane Williamson as he battles to regain his fitness after suffering an ACL injury during the opening night of IPL 2023. With less than two months remaining until the highly anticipated World Cup, the question on everyone’s minds is whether the New Zealand veteran will make it to the grand event.
Williamson hoping to get fit soon
Williamson’s determination and progress have been commendable, considering the nature of the injury that requires a significant healing period. In a remarkable feat, he has already started facing throwdowns just around four months post the injury. This recovery timeline is a testament to his relentless efforts and dedication to return to the field.
Approaching his recovery cautiously, Williamson acknowledged that he has entertained thoughts of achieving “earlier targets” given his positive progress. Speaking from Mount Maunganui ahead of a net session, the captain expressed his cautious optimism, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that his knee is fully healed and ready for action when the time comes.
“It’s hard to get too far ahead of yourself, because you see something really good in one place, but you still know there’s a lot of work to do,” Williamson shared, underlining the unpredictable nature of the recovery journey.
Williamson eager to get back on the field
While Williamson’s name hasn’t been featured in New Zealand’s squad for the tour of England, his prospects for the World Cup remain promising. Recently, head coach Gary Stead hinted at the possibility of considering Williamson for the World Cup even if he becomes available and match-fit later in the tournament.
Williamson, echoing his coach’s sentiments, conveyed his eagerness to be a part of the World Cup squad. “To potentially have that opportunity and use all those sorts of different, I suppose, scenarios to try and make that happen would be great,” he expressed. However, he also acknowledged that the timeline for his recovery is still uncertain.
As New Zealand gears up to face Bangladesh in a three-match series, both Stead and Williamson have emphasized that the series is too early for his comeback. “It’s a tricky one,” Williamson admitted, explaining that although he has considered “earlier targets,” the primary focus is on the healing process, which cannot be rushed.
The opening match of the World Cup against England in Ahmedabad stands as a significant date on the calendar for New Zealand. With a total of nine league matches lined up for the team, the decision regarding Williamson’s inclusion will hinge on his healing progress and overall readiness.